Friday, February 29, 2008

Friday Show and Tell.....The Potter Family....Marion and John are coming for a visit......

Gosh, it's Friday and that means Show and Tell at Kelli's.........May I introduce you to the 'Potter Family'.........
This is Tom Potter.......
This Dick Potter........................
This is Harry Potter............

Clay Potter lives next door with Amy's Family.................

Dreams do come true.......A little over a year ago, Marion, who lives in Wales with her husband, John, and I began corresponding......we have so much in common and have formed a strong friendship.......we've spoken by phone several times and expressed how wonderful it would be to meet each other in person......well, the good Lord willing, that will happen in May.......Marion and John are scheduled to come for a visit and we are elated........

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Happy Birthday Marion.............

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR FRIEND MARION.....BEST WISHES FOR A WONDERFUL many of you are friends of Marion...please drop in to wish her a memorable day......

Note: I'm coming along from the Land of Crud.....hopefully soon it will be just a bad memory......thank you for the sweet comments...each one is a gift.....Betty

Monday, February 25, 2008

Surviving in the Land of Crud.......

Sorry I haven't been around visiting with you and reading what's going on in your lives......I have the Crud, better known as sneezing, sore throat, hurt all over stuff.......I went to the doctor this morning and she diagnosed bronchitis to go along with the aforementioned aches and pains.....

My daughter, Amy, and a couple of her children have it also......

I'm taking my not-so-good tasting medicine, drinking lots of liquids and staying in....

I missed both services at church yesterday and it makes for a long week.....

Hope to post in a day or two......take care of yourselves......Betty

In case you are interested after testing nose recommends 'Puffs'...and they even come in a pretty black and white printed box....what more can you ask for?........

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Friday Show and 'the Walmart greeter'........

My goodness, is it Friday already? Yes, it is....hurry on over to Kelli's to see the list of Show and Tell participants.......

A few weeks ago while thrifting I came across this pretty basket...It's a vintage silver basket .......probably, the verde could be cleaned up some but I like it the way it is.......a pretty green plant or a bouquet of flowers.....I think it has many possibilities........what do you think?

Maybe you need a laugh today......I thought this was hilarious.......bless the senior citizens......'cause I am one!

A new retiree greeter at Wal-Mart just couldn't seem to get to work on
time. Every day 5, 10, 15 minutes late, but he was a good worker, real
sharp, so the Boss was in a quandary about how to deal with it. Finally,
one day he called him into the office for a talk.

"Charley, I have to tell you, I like your work ethic, you do a bang up
job, but your being late so often is quite bothersome."

"Yes, I know Boss, and I am working on it."

"Well good, you are a team player. That's what I like to hear. It's odd
though, your coming in late. I know you're retired from the Air Force.
What did they say if you came in late there?"

"They said, "Good morning, General."

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Helpful Tips............

An email certainly worth reading:


1. Reheat Pizza

Heat up leftover pizza in a nonstick skillet on top of the stove , set heat to med-low and heat till warm. This keeps the crust crispy. No soggy microwave pizza. I saw this on the cooking channel and it really works.

2. Easy Deviled Eggs

Put cooked egg yolks in a zip lock bag. Seal, mash till they are all broken up. Add remainder of ingredients, reseal, keep mashing it up mixing thoroughly, cut the tip of the baggy, squeeze mixture into egg. Just throw bag away when done easy clean up.

3. Expanding Frosting

When you buy a container of cake frosting from the store, whip it with your mixer for a few minutes. You can double it in size. You get to frost more cake/cupcakes with the same amount. You also eat less sugar and calories per serving.

4. Reheating refrigerated bread

To warm biscuits, pancakes, or muffins that were refrigerated, place them in a microwave with a cup of water. The increased moisture will keep the food moist and help it reheat faster.

5. Newspaper weeds away

Start putting in your plants, work the nutrients in your soil. Wet newspapers, put layers around the plants overlapping as you go cover with mulch and forget about weeds. Weeds will get through some gardening plastic they will not get through wet newspapers.

6. Broken Glass

Use a wet cotton ball or Q-tip to pick up the small shards of glass you can't see easily.

7. No More Mosquitoes

Place a dryer sheet in your pocket. It will keep the mosquitoes away.

8. Squirrel Away!

To keep squirrels from eating your plants sprinkle your plants with cayenne pepper. The cayenne pepper doesn't hurt the plant and the squirrels won't come near it.

9. Flexible vacuum

To get something out of a heat register or under the fridge add an empty paper towel roll or empty gift wrap roll to your vacuum. It can be bent or flattened to get in narrow openings.

10. Reducing Static Cling

Pin a small safety pin to the seam of your slip and you will not have a clingy skirt or dress. Same thing works with slacks that cling when wearing panty hose. Place pin in seam of slacks and ta da! static is gone.

11. Measuring Cups

Before you pour sticky substances into a measuring cup, fill with hot water. Dump out the hot water, but don't dry cup. Next, add your ingredient, such as peanut butter, and watch how easily it comes right out.

12. Foggy Windshield?

Hate foggy windshields? Buy a chalkboard eraser and keep it in the glove box of your car. When the windows fog, rub with the eraser! Works better than a cloth!

13. Reopening envelope

If you seal an envelope and then realize you forgot to include something inside , just place your sealed envelope in the freezer for an hour or two. Viola! It unseals easily

14. Conditioner

Use your hair conditioner to shave your legs. It's a lot cheaper than shaving cream and leaves your legs really smooth. It's also a great way to use up the conditioner you bought but didn't like when you tried it in your hair...

15. Goodbye Fruit Flies

To get rid of pesky fruit flies, take a small glass fill it 1/2" with Apple Cider Vinegar and 2 drops of dish washing liquid, mix well. You will find those flies drawn to the cup and gone forever!

16. Get Rid of Ants

Put small piles of cornmeal where you see ants. They eat it, take it "home", can't digest it so it kills them. It may take a week or so, especially if it rains, but it works & you don't have the worry about pets or small children being harmed!


The heating unit went out on my dryer! The gentleman that fixes things around the house for us told us that he wanted to show us something and he went over to the dryer and pulled out the lint filter. It was clean. (I always clean the lint from the filter after every load clothes.) He told us that he wanted to show us something; he took the filter over to the sink, ran hot water over it. The lint filter is made of a mesh material - I'm sure you know what your dryer's lint filter looks like. WELL...the hot water just sat on top of the mesh! It didn't go through it at all! He told us that dryer sheets cause a film over that mesh that's what burns out the heating unit. You can't SEE the film, but it's there. It's what is in the dryer sheets to make your clothes soft and static free - that nice fragra nce too, you know how they can feel waxy when you take them out of the box, well this stuff builds up on your clothes and on your lint screen. This is also what causes dryer units to catch fire & potentially burn your house down with it! He said the best way to keep your dryer working for a very long time (& to keep your electric bill lower) is to take that filter out & wash it with hot soapy water & an old toothbrush (or other brush) at least every six months. He said that makes the life of the dryer at least twice as long!

How about that!?! Learn something new everyday! I certainly didn't know dryer sheets would do that. So, I thought I'd share!

Note: I went to my dryer & tested my screen by running water on it. The water ran through a little bit but mostly collected all the water in the mesh screen. I washed it with warm soapy water & a nylon brush & I had it done in 30 seconds. Then when I rinsed it the water ran right Thru the screen! There wasn't any puddling at all! That repairman knew what he was talking about!



Sunday, February 17, 2008

A kind thought...........

Mary at Mary's Writing Nook so kindly awarded this sweet award to me last week.......she initiated the thought and passed it on to several...........

Thank you Mary..............................I pass it along to:


Thursday, February 14, 2008

Friday Show and Tell.................A handmade gift from a friend......

Guess what? Today is Friday and Show and Tell over at Kelli's...

A very special plant stand.......................A very sweet, retired school teacher lady who did wonderful wood working asked one day if we had any tobacco sticks left from farming years ago............we had many stored in a barn. Gladly I offered as many as she wanted.

A few weeks later she brought me a beautiful plant stand that she had really is special as it was made from a common, farm commodity from years gone by.......she is deceased but often as I'm dusting the stand she is certainly alive in my memories..............

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Happy Valentine's Day to you.........

Happy Valentine's Day to are special.........

Just a little something for you today...............
Do take time to indulge at the dessert table....caramel cake, coconut cake, red velvet cake, ice cream, cheese straws, salted nuts, fruit with sweet dip, chips and dip, fudge and cream cheese with pepper jelly and raspberry jam on crackers........................

and certainly you must have pineapple-lemonade punch or would you prefer a cup of coffee........................

I'm so happy you stopped by..............................

Please read on down to see what 'love' means to children....quite heart warming............................God Bless.........Betty......................

What Love means to a 4-8 year old . . ...

Slow down for three minutes to read this. It is so worth it. Touching words from the mouth of babes.

A group of professional people posed this question to a group of 4 to 8 year-olds, 'What does love mean?'

The answers they got were broader and deeper than anyone could have imagined See what you think:

'When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn't bend over and paint her toenails anymore.
So my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis too. That's love.'

Rebecca- age 8

'When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different.
You just know that your name is safe in their mouth.'

Billy - age 4

'Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other.'

Karl - age 5

'Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of theirs.'

Chrissy - age 6

'Love is what makes you smile when you're tired.'

Terri - age 4

'Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him, to make sure the taste is OK.'

Danny - age 7

'Love is when you kiss all the time. Then when you get tired of kissing, you still want to be together and you talk more.
My Mommy and Daddy are like that. They look gross when they kiss'

Emily - age 8

'Love is what's in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen.'

Bobby - age 7 (Wow!)

'If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who you hate,'

Nikka - age 6
(we need a few million more Nikka's on this planet)

'Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it everyday.'

Noelle - age 7

'Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are still friends even after they know each other so well.'

Tommy - age 6

'During my piano recital, I was on a stage and I was scared. I looked at all the people watching me and saw my daddy waving and smiling.
He was the only one doing that. I wasn't scared anymore.'

Cindy - age 8

'My mommy loves me more than anybody
You don't see anyone else kissing me to sleep at night.'

Clare - age 6

'Love is when Mommy gives Daddy the best piece of chicken.'

Elaine-age 5

'Love is when Mommy sees Daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is handsomer than Robert Redford.'

Chris - age 7

'Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day.'

Mary Ann - age 4

'I know my older sister loves me because she gives me all her old clothes and has to go out and buy new ones.'

Lauren - age 4

'When you love somebody, your eyelashes go up and down and little stars come out of you.' (what an image)

Karen - age 7

'Love is when Mommy sees Daddy on the toilet and she doesn't think it's gross.'

Mark - age 6

'You really shouldn't say 'I love you' unless you mean it. But if you mean it, you should say it a lot. People forget.'

Jessica - age 8

And the final one

The winner was a four year old child whose next door neighbor was an elderly gentleman who had recently lost his wife.

Upon seeing the man cry, the little boy went into the old gentleman's yard, climbed onto his lap, and just sat there.

When his Mother asked what he had said to the neighbor, the little boy said,

'Nothing, I just helped him cry'.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Friday Show and Tell.........

Gosh, can it be Friday already..............yes, it is.....and it's Show and Tell time over at Kelli's................

Sometimes just a glance at something and you know immediately that you like it without a doubt.......

A few years ago my husband and I were out bright and early on a Saturday morning visiting yard sales......we stopped at a sale on the side of the I got out of the van nothing looked appealing at all.......I didn't want to appear rude by turning around and getting back in the I walked down to a table at the end and there was this beautiful, white bird figurine......I am a bird lover......and to me these little birds just said love, protection, togetherness.......I picked it up and asked the price.......the lady said 'ten cents'.....and no matter that it's plastic, it has brought me innumerable hours of keeps company sometimes with expensive objects and holds its own............

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Trinidad-Tobago guests........

Many years ago my nephew had friends in Trinidad-Tobago....the couple came to the states for a visit and wanted to visit a farm.....we were happy for them to come. They were very knowledgeable of civil war history......we visited a civil war museum and enjoyed showing them a working farm.

The next morning I was cooking breakfast when Linda came into the kitchen carrying a small black book....she and her husband were side band radio enthusiasts. She opened the book and said that she regularly talked via radio to a man in the states. She told me the name (no last name) and part of the address she had. It was almost our address. I called the post office and explained the situation. Finally, I was given the name. It was our neighbor three farms up.

I phoned the man and said, " what would you say if I told you that the Linda that you talk to in Trinidad is standing in my kitchen?" He replied, "I'd say, Good God, woman, you don't mean it!"

Linda and I went to his home so that they could meet....quite a meeting.....what would the chances be of two people who talked on a radio half a world apart meeting? Whenever he talked to her after that he would call me to come talk with her........ Linda gave me a memento from Trinidad and when I think about it, it still blows my mind. I guess ham or side band radios were the prerequisite to blogging.....

Monday, February 4, 2008

Happy Anniversary---Amy and Chad........... Valentine from 'Hootin Anni'.......The Many Names of Christ..........

Today is a very special day for our daughter Amy, aka Picketfence Mom, and her husband,'s their 19th wedding anniversary.......please drop by and wish them a wonderful day.........

Thank you Hootin Anni for the beautiful Valentine....very thoughtful and appreciated......

To see the name that Christ means to you go to this website:
Click here: The Many Names of Christ ~Inspirational~ Wanda's Country Home